Ash Penn has been writing for years but has only recently found her home in erotic romance. Good move, since she, and we as readers, celebrated her first publication in June 2010. Stray, published by Loose ID, is the first of what I hope will be a long line of novels. Writing gay erotica, she has a penchant for creating characters that are non-standard in look and behavior, a fresh (and brave) approach in a genre that has to work harder for recognition and audience. The style works well. I for one can attest that Stray is gripping and keeps you on the edge of your seat. As a member of her writing group, I can also tell you that you her upcoming works are just as riveting, if not more so.
Hailing from the other side of the pond, she brings a subtle tone and affect to her writing style that adds to the flavor of her stories. Ash finds many story ideas in music and songs. Stray was inspired by the song Sewn by the British band The Feeling. When not writing, Ash’s other interests include going to the beach, reading, and on occasion she has been known to delve into the exciting world of online gaming. She limits herself to only two hours a week or else she wouldn’t get any writing done…thanks for the self-monitoring Ash!
Currently taking an English course in advanced writing, Ash is an author your shouldn’t miss. Purchase her fantastic book at Loose ID and learn more about her and other authors she enjoys at her website
Here’s the blurb for Stray:
Bar worker and serial slut Terry Seymour is hardly charm personified when it comes to romance. In fact, he doesn’t believe in love at all despite his latent desire for his best friend of fourteen years, builder Marc Pierce.
Dan Hutchinson is a young, homeless man living in a derelict house Marc’s halfway to renovating. When Marc announces Dan’s moving in for a while, Terry is understandably miffed. After all, it hasn’t been that long since Marc spilt with his boyfriend of a year, so why is he intent on bringing a total stranger into their home?
It seems to Terry there’s more to this arrangement than meets the eye. Marc must be providing Dan with food and lodgings in exchange for sex. And with the lusty vibes Dan sends his way, it’s not long before Terry succumbs to the boy’s talents between the sheets. But carrying on with Dan behind his best friend’s back is not easy. Or desirable. And when Terry’s plans to oust Dan fail, he’s the one who finds himself out in the cold.
Publisher’s Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Male/male sexual practices.